Their plan was bigger than they were. With daughters off to college, Christie and Rick grab their empty nest and shake out a plan to sail around the world. The first hurdle is that they don't own a boat. On these pages, six years of life are played out on Nanook, an insignificant swatch of fiberglass on the immense canvas of the ocean. The birth of a whale, dolphin dances and a hurricane compete for daily drama with marital strife and a faulty engine. Sail through these pages for the view and for the creative compass to change your own life.
Oprah Winfrey said "One of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk." Christie and Rick took the risk. Sail with them on Nanook, a 37-foot sailboat.
"It's a mystery how Christie and Rick slept in a V-berth, battled storms and managed to stay married. You'll want to read to the end to see how they did it."
Deb Sharp, former USA Today reporter and author of the Mace Bauer mystery series
"An exciting, thrilling, and at times heartwarming adventure that left me believing I could do this."
Kerry Sanders, NBC News
"A beautiful and bravely honest story set on the ocean and told straight from the author's heart."
Craig Wasson, whose many film credits include Body Double; Four Friends (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination); and Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. Audio book credits include works by James Ellroy, Stephen King and John Grisham.
Empty Nest to Life Vest is a true story about sailing and change - a memoir, a travel essay and an inspiration.